Following reports that Nyong’o’s scenes out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were cut because the director wasn't impressed with her performance, the director, J.J Abrams told Page Six in a statement.
"The number of rumors floating around about The Force Awakens is truly stunning. Some are wonderfully funny, others simply preposterous,” "But the only one more ridiculous than Jar Jar Binks being a Sith Lord is that I cut Lupita Nyong'o's performance because it wasn't satisfactory."
"In truth, her performance wasn't satisfactory. It was spectacular. She has brought the character of Maz Kanata to life in the most wonderful, wise, touching, deep and funny way. Lupita never ceased to amaze me. Yes, we tried many approaches, and we finally landed on just what the film needed. She elevated all the scenes she is in, I'm forever grateful, and can't wait for people to see her stunning performance."